|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||February 15, 2007|
|Contact:||Shannon Estenoz, NPCA Regional Director, 954.961.1280|
National Parks Group and Ginn Resorts Join Forces to Support National Parks
Ginn Joins 100 Prominent Americans in Letter to Congress, Requests More Funding for Parks
Hollywood, Fla. –The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today announced a new partnership with Bobby Ginn, President and CEO of Ginn Resorts, to protect and restore national parks in Florida, the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast. Mr. Ginn and NPCA have joined forces to establish a Regional Council of high-level volunteer leaders who will focus efforts on national park issues. Serving as the founding chairman of the Council, Ginn has further demonstrated his commitment to national parks by joining more than 100 prominent Americans in a letter to Congress seeking increased funding to restore America’s treasures.
“Throughout its history, the National Park System has been shaped and nurtured by individuals committed to park protection,” said Bobby Ginn. “The establishment of NPCA’s Sun Coast Regional Council will bring together a diverse group of leaders to help ensure that our national parks are protected and preserved for generations to come.”
The cornerstone of the partnership is the establishment of the Sun Coast Regional Council, a group of business, community and civic leaders and philanthropists who will work together to advance the needs of the region’s parks and of the National Park System as a whole.
In the role of founding chairman, Ginn will lead efforts to build NPCA’s new council over the next year. The council will work to raise awareness and provide expertise on park-specific issues, build relationships with partner organizations and government officials and serve as a catalyst to increase funding for national parks.
Joining Ginn in this initiative are the council’s two other founding members, Mr. Bruce Matheson of Coral Gables, and Mrs. Jean Ellen Dupont-Sheehan of Coconut Grove.
“The new council provides an avenue for a special group of volunteer leaders to support NPCA’s regional efforts on specific park issues, while also becoming important voices for the park system as a whole,” said NPCA Regional Director Shannon Estenoz.
In a show of national support, Ginn joins more than 100 prominent Americans, including Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, former Florida Congressman Paul Rogers, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior Nathaniel Reed, Royal Caribbean Cruiselines CEO Richard Fain, and Actors Jerry Seinfeld and Walter Cronkite, today in sending a letter to Congress seeking increased funding to restore America’s national parks. The letter appears today in full-page advertisements in both The Washington Post and Roll Call, just as Congress holds its first hearing about the Administration’s proposed 2008 budget for the national parks.
Ginn Resorts specializes in real estate and resort development and management, architectural design and engineering and golf course construction and management. The company supports many recognized charitable and community organizations with contributions, sponsorships and in-kind donations. Bobby Ginn is committed to protecting national parks and has a keen personal interest in marine conservation, a key feature of many parks in the Sun Coast Region. For more information, visit www.ginnresorts.com.
Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its members, and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come. NPCA has more than 300,000 members, including more than 19,000 members in Florida. NPCA’s Sun Coast regional team advocates for Parks on the Gulf Coast, Florida and the Caribbean. The Sun Coast team is on the ground, collaborating and connecting with local communities and diverse constituents to create lasting protections for the region’s parks. For more information, visit: www.npca.org/southflorida.